Hot Animation

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HOT Animation
Industry Media, Television Production & Distribution
Founded 1998 (1998)
Founder Jackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
Headquarters Manchester, England, UK
Key people
Jackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
Products Children's Animation, Stop motion
Total assets $1,119 million
Owner Mattel
Number of employees
Parent HiT Entertainment

HOT Animation was a British stop motion animation, 2D cel animation & computer animation studio, established in 1998 by Jackie Cockle, Brian Little, and Joe Dembinski.

Their worldwide success followed with Bob the Builder, a show for pre-school children about a builder and his talking machines; in 2000, the theme tune was released as a single, Can We Fix It? with an accompanying promo produced at HOT, which beat Kylie Minogue's "Please Stay", Eminem's Stan and Westlife's "What Makes a Man" to become the Christmas number-one single.

The company then made a reboot of Brambly Hedge, a series of 30-minute specials based on the illustrated books for children by Jill Barklem, and Rubbadubbers, a series about bath toys that come alive. Pingu, a Swiss series about a family of penguins, was recreated with great success in 2002/3. The company also provided CGI effects for seasons 8-12 of Thomas & Friends.

HOT ceased to produce the main series of Bob the Builder after 2007, and opted to produce a direct to DVD series called Bob the Builder: On Site, using stop-motion from Bob's World and live action from real world construction sites.

HIT Entertainment continued producing Bob the Builder with Los Angeles based Sabella Dern Entertainment.

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